Fee and Free Genealogy during COVID-19

COVID-19 got you down? Me too! We're quarantined at home but with internet access there is plenty to do in the Genealogy World. Here are some fee and free ideas & offerings:

 

Have a Library Card? Your library building may be closed, but it's open online. Check your local library online and see what digital resources they offer. During Covid-19, Ancestry has made its Library edition available remotely in some locations (this is usually only available onsite at the library). This means you may be able to login to your library's portal, with your library card, and have FREE Ancestry.com at home for the next few weeks. Also, see what other databases your Library pays for. Here are some that might be of interest.Watch a free Family History webinar online. Here's a list of free classes offered by FamilySearch this month. Also register for a free webinar at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. Some of their past webinars are free to view, and others require membership …
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Fold3 Free Access to Revolutionary War Records, July 1st-15th

Fold3, owned by Ancestry.com, is offering free access to Revolutionary War Records from July 1st through the 15th.

There is no need to use a credit card or financial account to create a free account and have free access during this trial period.

For one week you should be granted access to ALL Fold3 databases. From their site:

Fold3 is amassing one of the largest collections of original documents. With unique partnerships with the National Archives and others, Fold3 has over545 million original documents that include information about people, places, events and topics.

Popular CollectionsRevolutionary WarCity DirectoriesCivil War Documents1930 US CensusWorld War II
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Away from Home? Use Amazon Photos to backup photos & free up your phone space – even if you don’t pay for Amazon Prime

 

 

Even if you don't have Amazon Prime, if you have parents, children, friends, or family members who do pay for the service, you can ask them to invite you to be a member of their Family Vault and you will receive the benefits listed below, without either party having to let anyone see the photos they store at Amazon Photos. Keep reading for details.

 

 

If you use your phone as your primary camera these days, Amazon has a great deal for Amazon Prime members which allows them to backup unlimited photos for free. There's a 5 GB limit for video but you can purchase extra video storage space if you need more.

Amazon Photos is a great tool for travelers who take tons of photos and videos. We backpacked for two weeks and were able to free up space on our devices each day by syncing our phones with Amazon Photos, uploading the day's pictures and videos, and then deleting them off our devices. Here…

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